St Mary

You will find St Mary's Claxby on a back lane with glorious views north across the Wolds towards Nettleton Top.

About this church

Built, like most Wolds churches, of ironstone, it is quite a grand building for this area. It is mostly Early English, but was restored in 1871 by James Fowler of Louth. It wasn't a severe Fowler restoration, for although he provided new furnishings, he left behind a lot of interesting features.

In the chancel are a series of interesting monuments. In a niche in the north walls is a 13th century cross slab. On the south wall is a painted stone monument in a severed classical style. Erected in 1605 it incorporates the rather battered kneeling effigies of the lord of Claxby, John Witherwick (died 1595) his wife Elizabeth FitzWilliam and their only daughter. On the wall beside it is an armorial brass to Elizabeth's second husband William FitzWilliam who died in 1634 and their daughter Mary Monson who died in 1638.

Moving to the nave there is a striking late Victorian painting of the Annunciation. Said to come from St Paul's church in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, it is one of seven similar paintings in the area. GF Bodley did work at St Paul's and it is possible he was responsible for the painting.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

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Down a little lane between farm buildings is this delightful little building.

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A local custom here is that the church gates are closed and tied with twine whilst a couple are being married in the church and untied after the groom has lifted his bride over the gates; this symbolising the beginning of a happy life together.

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